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Monday Morning Live - Policy Forums, revenue sharing, state budget, marijuana deadline and more - Episode 16

Monday Morning Live - Policy Forums, revenue sharing, state budget, marijuana deadline and more - Episode 16

October 30, 2019

Host:
Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Shanna Draheim, Director, Policy Research Labs, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

On this episode of Monday Morning Live, our team covered a whole host of topics including revenue sharing, housing summit, state budget, the Nov. 1 deadline for recreational marijuana, and the 2020 Census. We also discussed the League's new Policy Forum series, designed to help local government leaders discuss and prepare for a variety of challenges and opportunities they may face in the next decade.

Limelight - State Rep Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) - Episode 11

Limelight - State Rep Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) - Episode 11

October 30, 2019

Host:
Emily Kieliszewski, Membership Engagement Specialist, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy)

In our last episode, we heard from State Representative Mark Huizenga on how he successfully used his local government experience to run for statewide office – and win. In part two on the topic of using local government experience to run for state office, we welcome another perspective. State Representative Padma Kuppa, a former Chrysler engineer, is the first Indian-American woman and first Hindu to serve in the Michigan Legislature. She got involved in local government in many ways – including on the Troy Planning Commission. Representative Kuppa shares how she’s using her power to empower other immigrant voices, the value of social capital when running for state office, and her gratitude for the women who reached back with both hands to help her get a seat at the table – and how she’s now reaching back with both hands herself.  

Limelight - State Rep Mark Huizenga (R-74th District) - Episode 10

Limelight - State Rep Mark Huizenga (R-74th District) - Episode 10

October 24, 2019

Host:
Emily Kieliszewski, Membership Engagement Specialist, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
State Representative Mark Huizenga (D-74th District)

For some local leaders, running for state office is the next logical step. But what's the difference? How can officials translate their local experience to a statewide race? What should those considering a run for higher office be thinking about and focusing on? We dive in on those questions and more with our guest, State Representative Mark Huizenga (D-74th District). Rep. Huizenga shares his path from planning commissioner to city commissioner to mayor of the City of Walker and how that led him all the way to his current seat.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Under the Radar - We Love Where You Live - Episode 21

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Under the Radar - We Love Where You Live - Episode 21

October 16, 2019

Host:
Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Tom Daldin, Producer, Under the Radar
Jim Edelman, Producer, Under the Radar

In a way, the Under the Radar TV show on PBS has a similar mission to the League. Producers Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman highlight all the cool people, places and things in Michigan. In essence, they're covering all the people who love where they live - which just happens to be the League's motto. Tune in and hear some of their adventures covering the things that make our state great.

Monday Morning Live - International placemaking, State budget, PFAS - Episode 15

Monday Morning Live - International placemaking, State budget, PFAS - Episode 15

October 16, 2019

Host:
Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Dan Gilmartin, CEO & Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

On this episode of Monday Morning Live, League CEO Dan Gilmartin shares some of his experiences at a recent placemaking conference in Denmark. We also cover the continuing state budget debate, PFAS, and upcoming League trainings on the 2020 Census, transportation funding, and crowdfunding.

SaveMICity - John Philo, lead counsel on Headlee lawsuit - Episode 16

SaveMICity - John Philo, lead counsel on Headlee lawsuit - Episode 16

October 11, 2019

Host:
Tony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
John Philo, Executive and Legal Director, Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice; Lead Counsel, Headlee lawsuit

In 2016, Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government filed suit against the State of Michigan for violating the Michigan Constitution by not applying the Headlee amendment appropriately, leaving local governments struggling for revenue. John Philo, lead counsel on the Headlee lawsuit, discusses the case as it winds its way through the courts.

Monday Morning Live - Convention Recap and State Budget - Episode 14

Monday Morning Live - Convention Recap and State Budget - Episode 14

October 4, 2019

Host:
Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League
Herasanna Richard, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

The League's recent Convention in Detroit was packed full of energy and excitement! On the flip side, the state budget is on anything but a smooth ride. Get the scoop on both topics on this episode of Monday Morning Live.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Crystal Proxmire, Oakland County Times Editor/Publisher - Episode 20

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Crystal Proxmire, Oakland County Times Editor/Publisher - Episode 20

September 23, 2019

Host:
Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
Crystal Proxmire, Publisher/Editor, Oakland County Times

Matt Bach sits down with fellow-journalist Crystal Proxmire, publisher/editor of the Oakland County Times, which she founded in 2009. Her mission is to cover local community and government issues which impact the cities, villages, and townships of Oakland County. Many of the issues covered in the Oakland County Times are the same ones the League focuses on for our member communities, i.e. voting laws, medical and recreational marijuana, real estate development, and non-discrimination ordinances. Proximire strives to be a resource for Oakland County residents when issues hit their community. For more information on the Oakland County Times, visit http://oaklandcounty115.com/

Monday Morning Live - Malaysian Urbanists, State Budget Negotiations - Episode 13

Monday Morning Live - Malaysian Urbanists, State Budget Negotiations - Episode 13

September 19, 2019

Host:
Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Daniel Lim Jian Yi, Senior Program Manager, Think City
Aufa Abd Rahman, Program Manager, Think City
Chris Hackbarth, Director of State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director of State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

On this episode of Monday Morning Live, you'll have a chance to meet two Malaysian urbanists who are spending time with the League to explore what we do and how we do it. Aufa Abd Rahman and Daniel Lim Jian Yi of Think City are also sharing ideas they've used to regenerate cities in Malaysia. Our team also discussed the twists and turns of budget negotiations between the Governor and Senate and House leaders, and delved into what that means for road funding. 

Economics of Place - Community Investment - Episode 11

Economics of Place - Community Investment - Episode 11

September 12, 2019

Host:
Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
Melissa Milton-Pung, Program Manager, Policy Research Labs, Michigan Municipal League

League CEO Dan Gilmartin sits down with Program Manager Melissa Milton-Pung to highlight community investment vehicles available to small investors who want to make a difference in their community. Many people are familiar with donation-based crowdfunding, such as the Public Spaces, Community Places program where the Michigan Economic Development Corporation matches donations raised by the community for a public quality of life project. To date, over 200 projects have successfully raised funds through this program. Another vehicle is investment crowdfunding, wherein investors get a return on their investment, possibly with interest. Detroit City Football Club and the Tecumseh Brewing Company are two organizations that have benefited from investment crowdfunding. For more information on both types of community investment, visit http://www.crowdfundingmi.com/